Contrasting reactions of loggerhead shrikes to two types of chemically defended insect prey

Reuven Yosef, James E. Carrel, Thomas Eisner

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Abstract

Feeding tests with loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus) showed this bird to accept Utetheisa ornatrix, a moth (Arctiidae) protected by pyrrolizidine alkaloids, but to avoid Lytta polita, a beetle (Meloidae) containing cantharidin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-181
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arctiidae
  • Cantharidin
  • Feeding aversion
  • Lytta polita
  • Meloidae
  • Pyrrolizidine alkaloids
  • Utetheisa ornatrix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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